Real Madrid took on mexican side Club America on Thursday in the FIFA Club world cup semifinal at Yokohama. Zidane went with a full strength side where Benzema, Ronaldo and Lucas Vazquez started upfront. Real Madrid dominated the first half and control the game pretty much throughout but failed to take their chances. However Karim Benzema scored just before the break to make it 1-0 and make second half a mere formality for Madrid.
Club America 0-2 Real Madrid Highlights
[ FIFA Club World Cup 2016 Semifinals ]
45′ 0 – 1 Karim Benzema scored just before the break to put Real Madrid in lead after they dominated the play for best part of first 45 minutes.
90′ 0 – 2 Cristiano Ronaldo scores late in second half to secure final berth for Real Madrid.
Club America qualified for the FIFA Club World cup for the third time since 2006 having successfully defending their Concacaf champions league in 2016. They defeated Asian champions and korean side Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors in on 11th december to qualify for the semifinals where they take on European champions Real Madrid this thursday. Madrid are coming into this tournament on the back of absolute stunning start to their season having stretch their lead at top of the La Liga to 6 points while book their place in the last 16 of Champions League against Napoli. Club World Cup gives them a superb oppertunity to wrap up their first silverware of this season and go into the winter break on high.
Zidane rester several first team players during their last 3-2 win over Deportivo with Club World Cup in mind and Ronaldo have just named Ballon D’OR is expected to start upfront with Karim Benzema. This is how I expect both teams to lineup Thursday.
Predictions: Real Madrid is the most successful club in the world and having won their 11th European title they will be looking to added another major trophy to their cabinet by winning this year’s Club World Cup. Zidane resting players in La Liga heading to World Cup is evidence they are taking this competition seriously and they go into the semifinal as hot favourites to win the game and make it to yet another major final.